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|faerylights 3 posts||
I'm completing my video course and have become a little confused on question five of the Chinese Whispers video.
The question is
"Describe two or three situations where playing this game would be inappropriate and explain why you think so. "
Considering that the name is based on European stereotypes, it is evident that playing it with chinese or asian students under the name Chinese Whispers would be culturally insensitive, but I'm struggling to think of another couple of examples. The only other ideas I have are to do with it being inappropriate to use to practice more complex language. Is this the sort of thing they're looking for or am I thinking about it all wrong?
Any help would be appreciated! :)
|samleong 9 posts||
I only just did this part of the course as well. I believe you're on the right track.
I suggest imagining if you actually played the game yourself. Think about what demographic you'd be in that would make you feel at any stage uncomfortable at playing the game.
Hope this helps!
|james01 1 post||
This was a little hard to think of more than one reason why it can be inappropriate for some students, but this is what I came up with.
I think that playing this game (Chinese whispers) with chinese or asian students under the name Chinese Whispers would be culturally insensitive and inappropriate for some students, but by changing the name of the game will probably overcome that problem. I also think that by playing this game with a very low level or infant students would also be inappropriate as the level of English and vocabulary are not well prepared for this game. I also think that playing this game with deaf and dumb children would also not be appropriate as these kind of children need to be taught using sign language and not the traditional ways of teaching a normal class.
I would think twice before playing this game with a class of business executives. It depends a lot on the ‘group personality’ and students’ expectations, but it is possible that the game will make the students feel rather awkward especially if the boss is a member of the group. Everybody has a bit of a child in them, and an informal game can turn out to be a nice team-building activity, but if hierarchy is important in the group I would not introduce such an informal physical activity. Obviously the game is not suitable for small classes such as a group of four or five students.